Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. The much-anticipated event features a special performance by six-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton and singing sensation Chris Mann. For the eighth consecutive year, Lexus joins forces with the Board of Governors as title sponsor, and will donate a 2013 Lexus LS 460 F SPORT luxury sedan to be raffled off at the Gala.
The Board of Governors’ current campaign benefits the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center in the top-ranked Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, led by Eduardo Marban, MD, PhD. Each year 1.1 million people in the U.S. have a heart attack, and another 550,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure. Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. Scientists and clinicians at the Board of Governors Heart Stem Cell Center are collaborating to pioneer safe, effective adult stem-cell-based solutions that could make heart transplants-and potentially even heart attacks-occurrences of the past.
“We are delighted to acknowledge three individuals for their boundless philanthropic efforts, says Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Chair, Steve Hitter. “Barry Manilow, Stanley Black and Scott Minerd are members of the community who exemplify the ideals of philanthropy and have demonstrated a commitment to motivating others to do their part.”
Stanley Black, Founder of Black Equities will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award. Scott Minerd, Chief Investment Officer of presenting sponsor, Guggenheim Partners, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Singer-Songwriter, Barry Manilow, will receive the Heart of Hollywood Award. Mr. Manilow recently launched a campaign to raise awareness for a heart condition called atrial fibrillation from which he suffers.